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Master of Arts/Postgraduate Diploma/Postgraduate Certificate in Education and the Law
Course Code: IET46

Completion of two modules (30 ECTS) = Postgraduate Certificate

Completion of four modules (60 ECTS) = Postgraduate Diploma

Completion of Stages 1 and 2 (3 modules at Stage 1 and 2 modules at Stage 2) = MA

Entry Requirements:

Level 8 Undergraduate Degree (H2.2) or equivalent. For students without the relevant academic qualification but with relevant previous experience, recognition for prior learning can be awarded. Transcripts of results (or proof of membership of professional body such as Teaching Council or Law Society membership) and proof of ID are required on application.


PROVISIONAL Programme Dates for 2018-2019 (subject to change)


Data Protections. Social Media and Intellectual Property in the Educational Setting (September 2018)

Application Closing Date: 
Wednesday 16/05/2018

Module commences: 
Saturday 6th October 2018

Weekend Workshop:

Saturday 06/10/2018 (9:00am-5:00pm)


Employment and Equality in the Educational Setting (January 2019)

Application Closing Date:
Friday 07/12/2018

Module commences:
Saturday 12/01/2019

Weekend Workshop:

Saturday 12/01/2019 (9:00am-5:00pm)


Modules Stage 2 - both modules are core modules

  • Advanced Research Module (Core 15 ECTS)
  • Dissertation Module (Core 30 ECTS)


Students commence Stage 2 in September 2018.

These standalone online blended learning modules involve e-tivities, discussion boards and face-to-face workshops (one Friday evening/Saturday per module) and have a credit weighting of 15 ECTS. Two modules are offered per academic year. The modules are delivered over one semester (8-12 weeks).


Fees (euro):

€900 per module

Special Entry:

Recognition for Prior Learning will apply. Please contact Education Department at for further details.

Application Process:

Closing date for applications is 7th December 2018 for the Employment and Equality Issues Module.

Modules will run subject to a viable number of participants.

Next Intake:

January 2019

Closing Date: 2018-12-07

Programme Overview

The Education Department at St. Angela’s College, Sligo has developed a number of online blended-learning options at postgraduate level in the area of Education and the Law in response to calls from professionals working in educational and related settings for professional development opportunities in this subject area.

There are currently four modules to choose from:

  • Legal issues in the Educational Setting
  • Minors/Vulnerable Adults and the Law
  • Data Protection, Social Media and Intellectual Property in the Educational Setting
  • Employment and Equality in the Educational Setting

 The aim of the modules is to provide substantial theoretical and practical continuing professional development for those interested in and/or working in educational and related settings (further details on the individual modules are provided at the end of this document).


Module 1 - Legal issues in the educational setting

This  module will address the legal issues that can face educators on a day to day basis - be it tort, constitutional law, criminal law, equality law, employment law, intellectual property or privacy law. This module aims to highlight legal issues confronting educators and to assist them to debate on legislation, theory and practice and to reflect on it in a critical and informed manner.

Module 2 - Minors/Vulnerable Adults and the Law

The legal duties placed on educators and schools, with regard to minors and vulnerable adults under their care, are onerous. This module aims to provide an overview of the rights minors enjoy and the responsibilities of those in educational settings towards them. Indicative content may include the rights of the family, including the non-conventional family;child protection and welfare; educational rights; wardship for vulnerable adults and the asylum process.

Module 3 - Data Protection, Social Media & IP in Education

There is a duty on education personnel to appreciate the legal pros and cons that come with the digital age and to ensure that the educational setting and the participants therein are duly compliant. Areas covered will include the main principles applicable to data in Ireland, emerging issues in social media and intellectual property matters pertaining to educational settings, including policies and procedures to have in place.

Module 4 - Employment & Equality issues

This module aims to equip participants with the fundamentals of employment law and the rights and remedies available regarding terms of employment, dismissal and bullying. The module will also focus on equality in terms of age, sex, race, religion and disability in the context of human rights. Issues such as gender-proofing and anti-discriminatory practices will also be addressed.

Each module will include student contact time, directed study, independent and e-learning study giving a total participant effort of at least 160 hours for each module. Students will also be expected to participate in online discussions of course content. Dates are provided for on-campus workshops and lectures and the remainder of the modules are delivered online. Module delivery may overlap depending on the choice of modules. Modules will normally be assessed by continuous assessment/written coursework (up to a maximum of 5,000 words/module) based on assignment, e-tivities and discussion boards, where appropriate.


On-campus delivery will take place on Saturdays: 9:00am- 5:00pm unless otherwise indicated by module leader.

Career Opportunities

Course Participants

This programme will be of benefit to those working in, or in partnership with, educational institutions/settings. Participants may include personnel such as (although this list is not exhaustive)

  • Management and Staff in Educational Settings;

  • Members of Boards of Management/Governance;

  • Teacher Educators;

  • Student Teachers on Initial Teacher Education programmes;

  • Legal representatives of schools and others in the legal profession;

  • CEOs of ETBs;

  • Members of Diocesan Bodies with links to Education/Educational institutions;

  • DES personnel;

  • NEWB staff;

  • Special Needs Assistants and Administrative Staff in educational settings;

  • Postgraduate students on Education and related programmes.

Contact Details

Program Administrator
Education Department
T: 353 71-9195552 / 353 71-9195550
F: 353 71-9144585

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